Brandon Wood Recalled by Angels: Worth a Fantasy Pickup?

Forrest Kobayashi@forrestkobaSenior Analyst IApril 21, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 11:  Brandon Wood #3 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim returns to the dugout after scoring in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angels Stadium September 11, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Brandon Wood, one of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim’s top prospects was recalled to the Major League team. 

He had an average second half of the season last year for the Angels.  What can he contribute to your fantasy baseball roster if you pick him up?

There is a lot to like about Wood, despite questionable second half statistics from last year.  One thing that he does have is incredible power.  The guy has the potential to be a 40-home run hitter in the future.  This season, he should be able to help your team out immediately if you need help in the HR or RBI categories.

Wood batted .296 and hit 31 home runs at the Triple-A level last year in 395 at-bats. 

395 at-bats! 

Wood has a tendency to strike out fairly often, so it would not be a big surprise to see his batting average initially struggle at the Major League level.  However, once he is able to harness his plate discipline, we could be looking at a legitimate perennial All-Star bat.

Wood should play third base and shortstop for the Angels this season, and if he plays enough games to qualify at both positions, he could quickly emerge and become a great asset to any fantasy team.  If you are in a deep mixed league, this guy is definitely worth taking a chance on.  Anything deeper: Roster this guy immediately.

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